Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care

Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care

Key statistics

In our work in health systems and psychosocial wellbeing, integration and protection, submitted to REF 21 (in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care Unit of Assessment), and based on work undertaken in the seven year period 2014-2020:

  • We submitted nine researchers to REF, of whom eight were women.
  • There were 26 researchers in the wider group, of whom 17 were women.
  • We secured 45 research grant awards from 79 submissions, a 57% success rate.
  • There was over a five-fold increase in external research income (from the baseline of £267,781 to over £1.5m).
  • Over 160 publications were eligible for inclusion in REF over the assessment period.
  • There was an 87% increase in staffing of our Institute for Global Health and Development (from 11.4 FTE to 21.4 FTE).

Examples of our work

Our work in psychosocial wellbeing, integration and protection is oriented towards contextual understandings of wellbeing, beyond clinical framing of disorder. This is exemplified in Dr Rebecca Horn’s NIHR-funded work, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other key stakeholders in Sierra Leone, on the development of a culturally validated measure of psychological distress to support the development of formal and community-based support for those experiencing psychological distress.

Prof Alistair Ager and Dr Horn, with Dr Karin Diaconu, led major studies with humanitarian agencies (including World Vision, Save the Children, UNICEF and War Trauma Foundation) informing mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) interventions in humanitarian contexts. This included a randomised-control trial of an innovative profound stress atunement intervention, the first randomised-control trial of Psychological First Aid, and a multi-site cross-national study of the deployment of child friendly spaces that has shaped sectoral intervention guidelines.

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